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Due to our coverage of former President Donald Trump’s events at the South Carolina State House on Jan. 28, the SC Public Radio 50th Anniversary Open House and live recording of the SC Lede podcast has been rescheduled to take place on May 6.
Abraham Lincoln, February 9, 1864
Anthony Berger
Library of Congress
In his Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln promised that the nation’s sacrifices during the Civil War would lead to a “new birth of freedom.” Lincoln’s Unfinished Work: The New Birth of Freedom from Generation to Generation (2022, LSU Press) analyzes how the United States has attempted to realize—or subvert—that promise over the past century and a half. The volume is not solely about Lincoln, or the immediate unfinished work of Reconstruction, or the broader unfinished work of America coming to terms with its tangled history of race; it investigates all three topics.

Editors Vernon Burton and Peter Eisenstadt talk with Walter Edgar about the wide-ranging ideas explored in this volume.
SC Public Radio News
  • A state agent is insisting he heard a possible confession from Alex Murdaugh even after defense attorneys for the disgraced South Carolina lawyer slowed the audio down at his double murder trial. At question is whether Murdaugh said “I did him so bad” or “They did him so bad” as he sobbed and spoke to state agents during a recorded interview three days after Murdaugh’s wife and son were killed.
  • South Carolina's attorney general on Monday is asking the state's high court to reconsider its ruling striking down the state's six-week abortion ban. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson filed the rehearing request with the South Carolina Supreme Court on Monday. The court, in a 3-2 decision earlier this month, ruled that the 2021 law banning abortions when cardiac activity is detected, at about six weeks after conception, violated the state constitution's right to privacy. Wilson said he disagreed with the decision and argued that the framers of the privacy provision did not envision it as a right to abortion.
  • Boeing is trying to ramp up production of its 737 Max to take advantage of a backlog in orders for the jet. A Boeing executive said Monday that the company will add an assembly line at an existing plant in Everett, Washington. Boeing has room in the plant because it will no longer build 747s and 787s there. This will be the fourth assembly line for the 737 Max. That's the plane that was grounded worldwide for nearly two years after two deadly crashes. Since U.S. and other regulators cleared the Max to resume flying, Boeing has landed large orders from United, Delta, Southwest and foreign airlines.
  • “I did him so bad.” That’s what a South Carolina investigator testified that Alex Murdaugh had uttered between sobs during a recorded interview three days after Murdaugh’s wife and son were killed. But the audio from the police interview that was played at the disgraced attorney’s double murder trial wasn’t so clear.
  • A jury in South Carolina has convicted a man who riddled a home with bullets in 2017, killing one person inside. The Post & Courier reports that Maurice Durell Wigfall of Hanahan was sentenced Friday to 45 years for the death of Steven Hutchins. He was sentenced to another five years on a weapons offense. Circuit Judge Jennifer McCoy sentenced Wigfall after a four-day trial. Jurors heard that Wigfall and another man shot up the home after a gun was taken from one of the men earlier on Oct. 31, 2017. The other suspect's case is still pending.
Latest SC Lede Episodes
  • Donald Trump SC Campaign Stop Jan 2023
    Gavin Jackson
    SCETV/SC Public Radio
    January 31, 2023 — Remarks from former President Donald Trump during his first 2024 campaign stop in South Carolina; a look at tension between state House Republicans and the House Freedom Caucus; the latest on major infrastructure projects in the Palmetto State; and more.
  • Henry McMaster State of the State 2023
    Mark Adams
    SCETV/SC Public Radio
    January 28, 2023 — We look at the the latest movement on the state legislature's priorities this session, including legislation aimed at cracking down on fentanyl trafficking, a new SC House abortion bill, and new education policy concerning critical race theory. Plus, a recap of Gov. Henry McMaster's sixth State of the State address, new state unemployment numbers, and more.
The Latest Episodes of the SC Business Review
  • South Carolina Business Review
    SC Public Radio
    At about this time each year, we hear economic forecasts from the Davos World Economic Forum in Switzerland. That event has concluded and our next guest says he’d like to share his thoughts on those prognostications. Mike Switzer interviews Bruce Yandle, Dean Emeritus at the College of Business & Behavioral Science and Alumni Professor of Economics Emeritus, both at Clemson University. He is also the Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center which publishes his Economic Situation Report.
  • South Carolina Business Review
    SC Public Radio
    Mike Switzer interviews Alan Cooper, founder and editor of three online business news websites in South Carolina: MidlandsBiz, UpstateBizSC, and LowCountryBizSC. Disclaimer: Alan Cooper’s company has a business relationship with Voterheads.com, an affiliate of Magnolia Media, which is the producer of the South Carolina Business Review.
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